09 Nov 2011

Since her recent arrival in Cape Town the beautiful Fairline Squadron 42 has been made ready  by the Boating World team – ahead of her final move to her permanent home in Gordon’s Bay.

While all the final checks and balances were being implemented this 42.5-footer (beam 4.22m) was moored at Granger Bay within a stone’s throw of the company’s premises, where importer Derrick Levy made sure great attention to detail was paid to all the finer points.

Two brand new Lowrance HDS-10 fishfinder/GPS combo units were installed in the flybridge and saloon, as well as autopilot, 3-G radar and 1kw transducer.

Once ready, arrangements were made for the journey around Cape Point.

The new owner, his family and skipper Tony and Boating World’s Derrick and Greg set off on the long-anticipated 3.5hour trip. According to Greg it was a beautiful day with reasonable swells of about 2m on the way to Hout Bay. Nature came out to play and the party enjoyed the company of a number of dolphins, seals and Sun fish which accompanied them.

The Fairline Squadron 42 travelled at a very comfortable speed of about 22 – 24 knots all the way to Cape Point where the sea became very flat. Greg says this is the most stunningly beautiful area and one feels that you’ve reached the “end of the world”. 

 After a brief stop for welcome refreshments and snacks the journey continued and because the sea was so calm, travelling speed was increased to 30-knots which only emphasized the powerful capabilities of this magnificent cruiser. Comfort remained at a premium and the passengers barely felt the change of pace.

Greg adds that he really did feel like he was in a sports car on the water with her sensational style, aesthetics and incredible power. “You also can’t help being impressed by the spaciousness of this craft right through to the extra large flybridge – the perfect place for entertaining.’”

Another good spot is in the huge cockpit where the seating converts into a unique, lounger with an innovative reversing backrest. One can either face forward (while leaning back comfortably) to chat with those in the saloon or face aft to see what’s going on behind.

‘We could also have taken a quick spin in the Williams 285 Jet RIB during our stop off break – and even out at sea launching is no sweat thanks to the ingeniously concealed cantilevered launching system which easily lifts the tender aft and down to the water. But time was pressing so we had to get going.

“I must admit after all the fun, fresh air and sun I was tempted to catch a snooze in one of the two spectacular cabins which sleep 4 – 6 people – though I don’t think the boss would have approved!” was his parting quip.

All too soon Gordon’s Bay was in sight and once safely moored in her new haven at Gordon’s Bay harbour, the exhilarated party disembarked for lunch at the Yacht Club.

Everyone agreed that the Fairline Squadron 42 is a one of a kind outfit for only £344 900 ex-factory!